Books: Crosses Are to Bear

ROSE: A BIOGRAPHY OF ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY by Gail Cameron. 247 pages. Putnam. $6.95.

Rose Kennedy has been underestimated. It was her husband, everyone assumed, who lent fire to the love of country and fierce pursuit of power that have characterized their children. Yet, as each succeeding tragedy has struck her family, Rose has steadily emerged as the strongest character of the Kennedy clan. That is fitting enough for the mother of a President and the only woman in U.S. history to send three sons to the Senate.

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